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Old 08-24-2005, 01:35 AM   #15
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I just remove my tailgate and leave it at home when towing the fiver. Saves the tailgate and a couple of hundred dollars. With my unit there is so much air turbulence behind the hitch that anything I put back there would get lifted from the bed anyway.

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Old 08-28-2005, 06:47 PM   #16
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Whatever you do install some type of gate. The tailgate and 5vr tailgate help with the bed structure of the truck. Have you seen those pickups running around with the rear of the bed tied together, it's because they ran around with the tailgate down and or off. What happens is the side walls vibrate so mugh until they start to fall apart. Also there was a study that showed the tailgate actually helps with traction and does NOT create the drag that most thought it did. Your fuel milage will actually be better with the tailgate installed and up.
I have no problem backing to my 5vr and not hitting the 5vr with the tailgate down. I hve to be lineup within 16 degrees of straight anyway in order to hookup so to the slider hitch.

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Old 08-29-2005, 04:08 AM   #17
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Thanks. I do plan on using some type of tailgate, and the consensus seems to be exactly what you mentioned regarding fuel use. I just feel uneasy backing into the hitch with only 2" between the tailgate and the trailer. Even a little angle will put the corner of the gate into the trailer. I am sure there will be times that will require me to approach from an angle, so a 5er gate seems to make sense.

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